Finding the right fairway wood can be challenging because you want a club that fills a distance gap and can hit a specific yardage both off the tee and from the fairway. With the release of the three Darkspeed fairway woods – the LS, the Max and the X, Cobra is giving players and fitters a wide variety of clubs and several different ball flights to choose from.
The most interesting is the Darkspeed LS, a club made for fast-swinging players who generate excessive spin and need a club that produces a lower ball flight.
Utilising PWR-BRIDGE weighting, PWRSHELL with H.O.T. FACE, and carbon fibre crown technologies as the Darkspeed drivers, the new fairway metals are also available in three models to fit the full spectrum of players. All three Darkspeed fairway metals feature MyFly8 Adjustable Loft Technology.
Darkspeed LS Fairway – Designed for players with faster swing speeds, the new LS features a space-grade Titanium body and Titanium PWRSHELL H.O.T. FACE insert. Titanium was utilised by COBRA engineers to save more discretionary weight and reposition it lower and forward in the head. This combination of PWR-BRIDGE technology and 68g of tungsten weighting moves the CG lower and forward for maximum ball speed and distance. A lightweight carbon crown also functions to save weight in the upper portion of the clubhead, yielding a CG location that is 3.2mm lower to the ground than in the previous model.
Like the LS driver, the Darkspeed LS fairway metal features an adjustable weighting system with two 15g weights in the front and a single 3g weight in the back for trajectory and spin tuning. The Darkspeed LS fairway is offered with the UST Mamiya LIN-Q M40X White 70g shaft in S and X flex, and a Lamkin Crossline grip. Loft offerings include a brand new stronger lofted 3+ model with a nominal loft of 13 degree (adjustable between 11.5 and 14.5), a 3W with a nominal loft of 14.5 degrees (adjustable between 13.0 and 16.0), and a 5W with a nominal loft of 17.5 degrees (adjustable between 16.0 and 19.0).
The Darkspeed X Fairway model is designed for players looking for a balance of easy launch, forgiveness, and distance. An 8g fixed weight is positioned in the rear of the sole for added forgiveness and high launch, while PWR-BRIDGE and PWRSHELL H.O.T. FACE Technology provide faster ball speed through a low, forward CG location. A lightweight carbon crown further contributes to the low CG by removing weight from the upper portion of the clubhead. The Darkspeed X fairway is offered with a choice of UST Mamiya LIN-Q M40X Blue shaft in R, S, and X flexes. Loft offerings include 15 o (3W), adjustable from 13.5 degree to 16.5 degree or 18 degree (5W) adjustable from 16.5 degree to 19.5 degree, and 21 degree (7W) adjustable from 19.5 degree to 22.5 degree.
Darkspeed MAX Fairway is the most forgiving fairway metal in the lineup is designed for players that desire a high, draw-biased ball flight. Like the MAX driver, the fairway metal features an adjustable weight system with 12g and 3g weights positioned in the back and the heel of the sole to fine tune forgiveness and flight. PWR-BRIDGE weighting and PWRSHELL H.O.T. FACE Technology deliver the fastest ball speed possible using low and forward weighting and an optimised variable thickness face design, while a carbon crown helps lower the CG location for higher launch. Shaft choices include UST Mamiya LIN-Q M40X Red in A, R, and S flex. Loft offerings include 15.5 o (3W) adjustable from 14 o to 17 o, 18.5 o (5W) adjustable from 17 o to 20 o, and 21.5 o (7W) adjustable from 20 o to 23 o.
The Darkspeed MAX is also available in a women’s model in 18.5o (3W), adjustable between 17.0 to 20.0, 21.5 o (5W), adjustable between 20.0 to 23.0, and 24.5 o (7W), adjustable between 23.0 to 26.0. The women’s model comes in a special gloss black finish with cool blue color accents and is equipped with a UST Helium Nanocore shaft in Ladies flex.
Darkspeed hybrids fill out Cobra’s collection of new metalwood offerings and feature PWR-BRIDGE weighting and PWRSHELL H.O.T. FACE Technology, for added speed, launch and forgiveness. The Darkspeed ONE Length Hybrid is designed in a shorter length is popular with many conventional iron players for its ease of use, high launch, and forgiveness.
All Cobra Darkspeed products will be available at retail and online on January 19th, 2024. For more information, visit www.cobragolf.com/en-uk.